CSN Philly sat down with Manuel to discuss his tenure as manager, especially his last two years. Correspondent Leslie Gudel asked the former Phillies skipper if he had the necessary pieces to win. Manuel's answer was quick and to the point, "the last two years? No. I can straight-face tell you that."
Manuel went on to explain that this wasn't the first time during his managerial days in Philadelphia that he felt the team needed to be bolstered to make a playoff run. However, he did say that 2012 was the first time the team did not go out and make a move to give the team the opportunity to win.
I said it last year and felt even stronger about it this year that neither the 2012 nor the 2013 team was built to win. There were gaping holes in the lineup and bullpen that were not sufficiently addressed in the off-season in 2012 or 2013. The product on the field reflected the holes. No matter what Charlie Manuel did, he was not going to make Delmon Young an All-Star or turn a patchwork bullpen into a lights-out machine. It wasn't going to happen and he lost his job because of that, even though he was probably gone after this year anyways.
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